S is for Support
Something that I have always been thankful for was the amount of support and encouragement I received during the time it took me to lose 110 pounds. The supportive comments from friends, family and coworkers were motivating and honestly kept me on track.
My biggest cheerleaders were my parents and brother. They were so positive about what I was doing. Obviously it was because they wanted me to be healthy and at 250 pounds I was not, in fact I was developing diabetes and had high blood pressure that gave me dizzy spells. I was sick. I needed to lose the weight.
My parents have (almost) always been into fitness. As a little kid, I have fond memories of going hiking and backpacking with my dad. I think I was 4 or 5 years old with my very own little red backpack when the two of us went camping for a night. When I was a little bit older, my dad started going to the gym five days a week (he had a very stressful job and high cholesterol and needed to get in shape). My mom has always been into whatever the fitness fad was — step aerobics, aerobics, jazzercise, Curves, etc.
So you would think that I’d grow up with a love of fitness as well. As you know, I did not. Fitness came into my life as a way to lose the weight and I grew to love it. Now I cannot imagine my life without some sort of exercise in it!
Something that occurred to me with a recent vacation was that my parents (and most people in my life) have been very accommodating to me. They have never once given me grief about wanting to find time to workout when I visit them, or when we’re on vacation together. It’s just assumed that “Lisa will workout sometime.” I try my best to never make it a big deal, if it doesn’t happen it’s not the end of the world. And I do not want MY desires to impact everyone else. I have no problem getting up earlier than everyone else to go for a quick run before we start our day’s activities.
That being said, part of living a healthy life is FINDING THE TIME to exercise even when life is busy, hectic, crazy, stressful.
My family has also joined me. We go hiking together, which is a fun activity and an easy way to fit in exercise. I also get a chance to workout with my dad. Having time together just the two of us is pretty special. We’ve lifted weights together and we’ve gone running together quite a bit. During one run in Tucson, we saw a Diamondback rattler snake!
On my last trip to Texas, I got a chance to run with my brother! That was really nice and we had a chance to catch up just the two of us. And it was a chance to explore the crazy fun dude ranch we were staying on.
I guess it turns out, some of my happiest memories have involved fitness! I am so appreciative of the people in my life who have supported my efforts to lose weight and keep it off. Really, all us weight “losers” want is support and kind words to keep us going!
QUESTION: How supportive are the people in your life?
A-Abstinence * B-Balance * C-Calories * D-Vitamin D * E-Emergency * F-Fast Food and Fine Dining * G-Gym Bag * H-Happy Weight * I-Intervals * J-Jumping * K-Keeping Sane * L-Losing Weight * M-Measuring Mistakes *N-Nemesis * O-Open * P-Plateaus * Q -Quitting * R-Runner’s Knee *